Sweet Potato Cake

Are you in for a moist, soothingly sweet, warming treat, but without the sugar high? This powerhouse of nutrients is a dessert I tweaked from Portuguese tradition.  Sweet potato is one of the proud assets of southwest Portugal. You won't eat a fish here at a restaurant without being served  the option of boiled or fried sweet potato on the side. They have a sweet potato festival, there are even surfshops named after it, so needless to say it is also used in desserts... a lot!

This recipe uses only whole unprocessed ingredients and is sweetened naturally by...sweet potatoes! It's an easy-packup and take to work kind of cake- as well, which will provide you that 4pm treat and give your body a big boost of nutrients at the same time. Read on further below for the details on the nutritional value.


cooked and mashed sweet potatoes: 2 cups (300grams)

coconut oil, softened : 2 tablespoons 

2 eggs, beaten

almond flour: 1 cup (130 grams) 

almond milk: 1/3 cup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

optional: 3 teaspoons of xantham gum for extra fluffiness, a pinch of cinnamon or other spices for extra flavour.


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 

2.Mix together mashed sweet potatoes, coconut oil and eggs. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and salt. Mix in spices if desired. Add to sweet potato mixture and stir well. 

3.Mix together almond milk, baking soda & xantham gum. Add to sweet potato mixture and stir well. Mix in vanilla extract. Pour filling into greased baking tray.

4.Bake in preheated oven for 70 minutes, until set in center. 


Let it cool and store in fridge up untill a week! I love to heat it up slightly before I eat it and drizzle it with some greek yoghurt or peanut butter...

Now for the nutritional info: 

It is well known that sweet potatoes are an amazing food and outrank normal potatoes nutrition-wise. They are highly satiating because of their carb content but low on the glycemic index (especially when boiled), which means their energy is released slowly in your body and will sustain you for hours in contrast to foods that produce the well-known sugar high and then leave you craving for more sugar just one hour after... It's very easy to eat just one piece of this cake and be...fine... Your body won't ask for more physically.  Because of its sweetness it easily can satisfy a sugar craving without throwing your energy levels out of balance and wreak havoc on your hormones. Enjoy and keep listening to your body, folks!

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